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Four Ways to Improve Crisis Intervention Services for the Disability Community

Content note: includes discussion of mental health crises and police brutality In 2012, my own fear of the police due to previous trauma impacted my ability to call the crisis response team for a friend who was having a mental…
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Pushing Back Against Internalized Ableism: The Only Way Out is Through

Content note: includes discussion of eating disorders and treatment experiences, use of ableist slurs Before I had even heard the word “ableism,” I knew what it was. It was that pit in my stomach I got when meeting non-disabled people,…
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Coping with Body Dysmorphia

Finding information that are about body dysmorphia that’s by and for people who experience it can be incredibly challenging. The material is there, but you have to know where to look-it’s buried, mired in a lot of academic language. Let’s…
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Reflecting on ADA 30 While Reckoning with COVID-19 and Racism

Content note: includes mentions of COVID-19 and police brutality toward Black people 2020 brought us the COVID-19 pandemic and shed a stark light on the pandemic of racism. The impact of both these pandemics continues to grow and serve as…
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As a Black Disabled Woman, I’m Tired of Seeing Mental Health Issues in My Community Stigmatized

Growing up, I had always been a nervous child. At a young age, I grew used to that pounding sensation in my chest, that irrational uncertainty of future situations that sometimes rendered me motionless. At that time, I was unaware…
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How Can Black People Protect Their Mental Health Right Now?

Content note: includes discussion of COVID-19, police brutality toward Black people, murder of unarmed Black people The last few weeks have put Black people through the wringer. The footage of George Floyd’s death has sparked the largest protest in history…
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How Can Parents and Kids with Disabilities Cope During COVID-19?

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19.  In the age before the internet when many Autistic girls were misdiagnosed, my mother used to say, “Amy is like any other…
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The “Anosognosia” Label is Psychiatric Gaslighting Masquerading as Science

Content notes: mental illness, forced treatment Since the late 1990s, a movement composed of medical professionals, cops, and caregivers has advanced a strategic campaign of psychiatric gaslighting designed to shift public policy steadily towards canceling the rights of mad and…
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When Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Turned “Sane” – COVID-19 and Double Standards

The following post is part of our series on perspectives from disabled and chronically ill people regarding COVID-19. I woke a March ago to the cruel, familiar feeling of unsubstantiated terror. Anxieties of tenuous relation folded in on one another…